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Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 153 153

In the old days of 1.0 I could run it happily in a 64Mb PC. Now I can't run it for more than a day without it filling up 3-4G of memory, frequently crashing at this point (I assume because it's a 32 bit application now.)

There's been something very wrong with Firefox since 4.0, and while I know the developers have made heroic efforts to fix the constant leaks and bloating, every time they do, it just takes another version to break everything again.

I love Firefox, and keep coming back to it after using Chrome for a little bit and being repelled, but it's not what it was.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 4, Insightful) 435 435

They've also completely failed to consider that just as quickly a one website may rise to prominence, another may equally quickly supplant it. Look at Facebook replacing MySpace for example.

Wouldn't a more relevant example of this be Reddit replacing Digg?

Comment: Re:Why nobody cares about Zune (Score 1) 292 292

Bluetooth headphones seem to either be wicked uncomfortable (plantronic backbeats) or exquisitely sensitive to sweat (Motorola). So it's nice being able to listen to music over corded headphones, and still have the smartphone available to do whatever in between sets.

I don't know about your phone, but every decent smartphone I've ever seen has a standard 1/4" headphone jack. It doesn't keep you from doing other things with the phone.

Also the mp3 player just fucking 'works' on demand. Spotify seems to crash about 50% of the time and requires a reboot of the phone.

Every decent phone I've seen lets you just put MP3s on it (or even Oggs with Android phones) and play them directly.

Also having the headphone jack come out, then having my phone broadcast my horrible taste of music over its speaker after accidentally touching the screen/volume buttons -- was embarrassing enough to ensure it happened just once :)

Ok now this is definitely something I don't know how to fix on a smartphone...

Comment: Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 292 292

It might not be about the electronics, but the things you talk about sound like really low-value products. The special thing about electronics is that they're high-value; maybe not as much as in the 80s when a VCR cost $1000 (a large fraction of the price of a car back then), but still usually a lot more than a stick of deodorant.

And TV shows don't get canceled because of lack of popularity, but because of idiotic network executives. It's not like they actually poll viewers to see what's popular (how many Nielsen families do you know?), especially in an age when people use DVRs, Hulu, and Netflix.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 448 448

I don't know about other KDE users, but I've never "hacked around with settings all day"; I've spent maybe 10-20 minutes hacking around with different settings, trying things out, and after that I've just left them that way for ages, because at that point I'm happy with them.

So instead of spending less than a half hour to play around with settings in KDE, you want me to write my own shell program so I can use Windows??? Are you fucking nuts?

I don't have to do any programming to use KDE and change it around to my liking. This is supposed to be a plus for Windows?

You sound like all the idiotic Gnome sycophants: "if you don't like the default Gnome settings, just write an extension! And when they break the API in the next release, just recode your extension for it!"

Comment: Re:I sincerely hope the 1st Amendment is bulletpro (Score 1) 395 395

Did you just argue that preventing States from letting gay people get married is expanding the State and "screwing" liberty, justice and freedom?

Generally speaking, when SCOTUS says "No, you can't pass laws preventing consenting adults from doing X", it's defending freedom, not restricting it. Unless your concern is the freedom of State governments, in which case we, the people, don't give a shit. The States exist to serve us, not vice versa.

Comment: Re:Throw it all out (Score 1) 448 448

So how would you do away with the operating system and still enable people to 'get something done'?

That's easy: you go back to the days of MS-DOS (which was nothing more than a program loader). We got plenty of stuff done back then, it was just slower and crappier because changing tasks took so long: you had to save and exit your application, then start up the other application and load your work. If you had to constantly switch between two things, it was a real PITA.

But you could "get something done". Countless secretaries got lots of work done in WordPerfect in those days.

Comment: Re:Brand/product persistance seems dead anyway (Score 1) 292 292

Competition reduces profit margins, but not to zero. It might force them to work to make their operations more efficient though. But still, they're not going to bother staying in business if they're not making a profit, and that generally makes CM more expensive (long term) than making things yourself.

Comment: Re:I would like to volunteer as the chief harbinge (Score 1) 292 292

Ok, so you don't agree with most people about the Terminator movies, but we're really talking about manufactured products here, not art (which is what movies are, a form of art). Lots of people have very different opinions about artwork. Some like Picasso, some like Rembrandt, some like Dali, but I doubt this maps very well with whether you'd buy a Zune or iPod, or whether you use a PC or Mac or Linux, or whether you use Android or iPhone or Windows Phone, or what kind of car you drive ; these choice, while there is some subjective component to them, also have a significant practical component, plus a big price component. As a Dali fan, I can buy Dali prints for a couple dollars easily, but if I like Ferraris, I can't afford one of those, plus I need a vehicle with some cargo space, so I have to buy a more practical vehicle. Movies don't have a price component: they all cost the same at the theater, whether you're watching a Terminator movie (good or bad), or a stinker like Gigli.

Do you have any actual examples of things you've bought that were duds?

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin